"The Republican Party is going to go through a period of transition and redefining itself," Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Monday during an appearance on CNBC. "Right now, I don't think you can say that great progress has been made, but I think you can say there's a sorting out process underway, and I think that's going to lead to a newer and better Republican Party."
Pawlenty said the GOP had to do a better job of generating ideas and in reaching out to more centrist and Democratic voters if it hoped to return to electoral success.
"On many -- not all -- of the issues or perspectives that conservatives or Republicans have, they [centrist Democrats] agree," Pawlenty said. "But Republicans don't do a very good job of focusing as much as we should on bread-and-butter issues."
Pawlenty is a two-term governor of a blue-leaning state with rumored presidential aspirations in 2010. He is also eligible to run for a third term as governor during a reelection campaign set for 2010.